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Harold Kafer back for keyboard recital

Published: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 4:50 p.m. CDT

The Northern Illinois University School of Music will welcome back Harold Kafer to campus at 3 p.m. Nov. 10 for a program of songs and dances for the keyboard. Kafer will perform works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt, Ginastera and Chopin. The concert is free and open to the public.

Harold Kafer retired from NIU in 2010 after a long career as a music faculty member and as an arts and university level administrator. He served NIU as director of the School of Music, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and ultimately deputy provost. Prior to joining NIU, Kafer was head of the Music Department at Auburn University and held faculty positions at community colleges in Arizona and Texas.

Having begun piano study at the age of 14 in Ohio, as a high school senior he won first prize in the Phoenix Symphony Concerto Competition and a scholarship to The Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif. He went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Peabody Conservatory, a master’s degree from Arizona State University, and a PhD from the University of North Texas where he was a Doctoral Teaching Fellow.

As a pianist and conductor he has performed nationally and internationally in solo and chamber music settings as well as duo recitals with his wife, soprano Cecelia Kafer. He was the founder and conductor of the Cooke County (Texas) Symphony and Chorale and was conductor of the Auburn University Symphony Orchestra. He also is a published author and composer.

As an academic professional he has served as a consultant evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music, The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and as a board member of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans. He also has served as an adjudicator and competition juror at many levels over the course of his career.

The recital, presented in the Recital Hall, is free and open to the public. The Music Building, located at 400 Lucinda Ave. in DeKalb, is accessible to all. For more information, contact Lynn Slater at or 815-753-1546.

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